Being Bob running OnlyDads brings with it a distinct feeling of Deja vu about many of the conversations I have. There are two things everyone asks me. Well when I say everyone, I really mean women…
…the first is “how can a women leave her children?”, which is then nearly always followed up with a quick “I could never do that!”. I sense many are inviting a good gossiping session, so my standard reply of “well it’s not that rare, and there are often genuine and heart-breaking reasons why this has happened” tends to take the wind out of their sails.
The second however, has never been that easy for me to answer. The question goes along the lines of “what’s the hardest thing about raising girls on your own?”
It’s never been that easy because the list goes on and on…! One day it might be the sheer unadultareted monotony of single parenting, the housework and the endless laundary. Other days (frequent in this house) it’s the battles over homework and keeping their rooms tidy.
It’s not even the fact that young women are
odd creatures more emotional and prone to mood swings. I can sort of live with that too.
No, it was last Sunday sat on the sofa with Preez, my 14 y/0, watching Jeremy Clarkson interviewing Rupert Grint that becomes a glaring example of what is most difficult!
Thanks to me spurting wine at Clarkson talking about “nursing a semi”, I now have a 14 y/o (with ever such a slight smirk on her face) constantly asking me what was so funny…
…and there are some things that Dads just do not want to discuss with their daughters!